Associate in Applied Science in Respiratory Care

The A.A.S. Degree Respiratory Care program at SFCC, program number 200549, is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. CoARC can be reached at 817-283-2835 or 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244.

Respiratory therapists work closely with doctors, nurses and other clinicians in emergency rooms, critical care units, diagnostic centers, clinics, and home health care organizations. SFCC’s program prepares students for a fast-paced, in-demand career. Blending high-tech training with compassionate care, students gain the skills required to be a specialist in assessing and treating people with breathing and cardiopulmonary disorders.

SFCC’s respiratory care program prepares students to become knowledgeable, competent, effective, and ethical respiratory care practitioners consistent with the professional, community, and employer expectations of registered respiratory therapists (RRT). Graduates will have demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists.

For information on admission requirements and process see the Respiratory Care Applicant Information document online, or a respiratory care department adviser. Students must complete all respiratory care core courses at SFCC. Students are required to pass each course with a grade of “C+” or better in order to progress in and complete this sequential program. All general education and prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the beginning of the second semester of the program in order to progress in and complete the program.

Students who successfully complete the A.A.S. degree in Respiratory Care are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Therapist Multiple Choice Exam (TMC). Graduates who successfully complete the TMC exam are eligible for licensure as a certified respiratory therapist (CRT) and are eligible for the NBRC RRT exams.

NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions. For more information on transfer, refer to Page 28 of this catalog, speak with an academic advisor, or refer to the SFCC Respiratory Care web page for information about continuing studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  •  Demonstrate professional, effective, compassionate and ethical behavior in the practice of respiratory care.
  • Demonstrate competence in the respiratory care of the adult, pediatric and newborn patient populations.
  • Apply problem solving strategies in the patient care setting
  • Provide community and patient education in cardiopulmonary health promotion and disease management.
  • Explain the fundamental principles of medical ethics, and the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of respiratory care.
  • Demonstrate competence in interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with diverse population groups.

Class Requirements


Communications (6 credits)
ENGL 1110 Composition I (3)
ENGL 1120 Composition II (3)
[or] ENGL 2210 Professional and Technical Communication (3)
[or] COMM 1130 Public Speaking (3)
[or] COMM 2120 Interpersonal Communication (3)
[or] COMM 2140 Small Group Communication (3)

Mathematics (3 credits)
MATH 1130 Survey of Mathematics (3)
[or] Higher level MATH course except MATH 1215 Intermediate Algebra

Laboratory Science (12 credits)
BIOL 2310 Microbiology (3)
BIOL 2310L Microbiology Lab (1)
BIOL 2210 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3)
BIOL 2210L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1)
CHEM 1120 Introduction to Chemistry (non majors) (3)
CHEM 1120L Introduction to Chemistry Lab (non majors) (1)

Social/Behavioral Sciences or Creative and Fine Arts (3 credits)
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology (3) (recommended)
Humanities (3 credits)
Health and Wellness (1 credit)

AHAC 151 Basic Life Support (.5)
AHAC 281 ACLS (1)
AHAC 284 PALS (1)
RESP 112 Respiratory Care Anatomy and Physiology (4)
RESP 120 Therapeutic Modalities (5)
RESP 122 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology I (1)
RESP 125 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology I (1)
RESP 130L Clinical I (3)
RESP 160 Ventilator Management (5)
RESP 162 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics (4)
RESP 164 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology II (2)
RESP 166 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology II (1)
RESP 170L Clinical II (4)
RESP 214 Respiratory Care Seminar —Alternate Sites (2)
RESP 220 Respiratory Care Seminar —Critical Care Topics (4)
RESP 230L Clinical III (2)
RESP 240 Professional Development (2)
RESP 260 Neonatal Pediatric Respiratory Care (3)
RESP 270L Clinical IV (7)

NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.